Gov. Jay Inslee has weighed in on the race for state Democratic Party chair, endorsing former Planned Parenthood political director Dana Laurent.
In a letter to Democratic party activists, Inslee and his wife, Trudi, called Laurent an authentic grassroots leader with a proven track record both a Democratic volunteer and as a successful political strategist.
The endorsement comes ahead of Saturdays scheduled Democratic Party meeting in Vancouver at which about 170 members of the state Democratic Partys executive committee will meet to elect their next leader. Dwight Pelz, the current chairman, announced his retirement in September.